Uncategorized

Training Program on Reality based Simulators at SVNIT Surat

The SV National Institute of Technology held a training program on Reality Based Simulators from Dec23rd-27th 2019, that Skillveri was happy to be a part of.

The faculty training program on ‘Reality Based Welding Simulators – Significance, Hands-on Training, & Industrial Correlation’ was held by the Department of Mechanical Engineering and sponsored by the AICTE’s Training & Learning Academy – ATAL .

On the opening day session Dr. Kalyankar of the Mechanical Engineering Dept gave a talk explaining about Welding Simulators. On day 2, Skillveri CEO Sabarinath Nair made a presentation on our eXtended Reality Based Simulators. The audience participated with questions and trying out demos, seeing for themselves how Skillveri simulators bring an exact match between real and virtual worlds.

 

presentation on skillveri's reality based simulators at svnit

Skillveri CEO Sabarinath Nair making a presentation about the AURA Welding Simulator

demo of eXtended Reality based aura welding simulator

Participants trying out the XR based Aura Welding Simulator

The participants in the training program experienced Skillveri’s Aura simulators based on eXtended Reality, which gives a near exact perception of real world scenarios, eliminates VR sickness even while practicing for extended periods of time, and enables complex 3D shapes and custom work pieces possible as per requirement.

demo of skillveri's reality based simulators at svnit training program, surat

Participants in the Faculty Training Program at SVNIT Surat experiencing a demo of Skillveri Aura Welding Simulator

Skillveri Showcase to UK Delegation at Chennai

The British Deputy High Commission in Chennai, and their Department of International Trade, had organised a delegation of Advanced Engineering and Manufacturing companies from the UK to visit Chennai. The UK delegation met with some of IIT-Madras incubated startups in the deep tech space, at ITC Hotel Grand Chola in Chennai on 25th Nov 2019. Skillveri was among the companies selected, and got to showcase our simulators before the visiting delegation.

Skillveri’s eXtended Reality based Welding and Spray Painting Simulators, which have been widely installed in many engineering and manufacturing industries and institutions, were well received by the audience in the delegation. We hope the UK delegation visit brings about exciting opportuities to collaborate on new ventures and partnerships.

The showcase session was also followed by a lunch meeting with the delegation and members of the Southern India Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI)

 

skillveri showcase at the UK delegation to chennai

skillveri showcase at UK delegation to india

UK delegates trying out skillveri spray painting and welding simulators

The Skillveri Showcase session, and the delegates trying out the Chroma Spray Painting Simulator.

We thank the UK Deputy High Commission for the opportunity, and IIT-Madras for all the support.

Skillveri at MSV Brno International Engineering Fair 2019

Skillveri had the opportunity to participate in the MSV Brno 2019, from Oct 7th-11th. MSV International Engineering Fair is one of the most important industrial fairs in Central Europe, with over 1600 exhibitors and 80,000 visitors. Skillveri, along with our partner POMP Serwiss, was at the event, held in Brno,Czech Republic.

Skillveri’s award winning Welding and Spray Painting Simulators were showcased at the event. They were a huge draw and the stall saw a lot of footfall. Visitors could watch demos or try out Aura and Chroma, our welding and spray painting simulators, themselves. Our unique XR technology and gamified approach generated a lot of interest in the products and the Skillveri booth turned out to be one of the busiest at MSV Brno 2019.

msvbrno19-1

Visitors to the Skillveri stall at MSV Brno 2019

IMG_20200120_141629-01

The Skillveri stall at MSV International Engineering Fair 2019, Brno, Czech Republic

Skillveri and our partner POMP Serwiss are extremely happy for the opportunity to participate and showcase our simulators in the MSV Brno fair. Do follow our social media channels on facebook, twitter and linkedin for the latest updates !

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal visits Skillveri

Delhi Chief Minister Shri Arvind Kejriwal visited Skillveri’s office on Sept 21st during his Chennai visit. It was a very happy and proud occasion for the Skillveri Team to demonstrate our simulators and explain our work in the skill training space.

He interacted with the team, and spent time discussing with our Founders and CEO about simulators and vocational training. In addition to watching Demos of the welding and spray painting simulators, he took a keen interest in them and tried them out himself. Observing that Skillveri simulators are valuable tools in skill development, he expressed that it would make ITI students more employable, with their ability to train large numbers of students quickly at low costs.

delhi cm kejriwal visit to skillveri

Delhi CM Shri Kejriwal watching a demo of the Chroma Spray Painting Simulator during his visit to Skillveri

 

Kejriwal visit to Skillveri

Shri Kejriwal and his associates discussing about simulators and vocational training with our CEO Sabarinath Nair and co-founder L.Kannan.

kejriwal trying out aura welding simulator at skillveri

Shri Arvind Kejriwal trying out Skillveri’s Aura Welding Simulator himself

We are very thankful to Shri Kejriwal for taking the time out of his very busy schedule as Delhi CM, for visiting Skillveri and interacting with our Team, and his words of appreciation for our welding and spray painting simulators. The visit was also covered with more details, by BW Disrupt.

IIT-M visit by Nirmala Sitharaman and Amithabh Kant

Skillveri’s Welding Simulators were part of the Demo organised by the IIT-Madras Incubation Cell during the visit of Smt Nirmala Sitharaman and Shri Amitabh Kant. The Union Minister of State for Commerce & Industry,Mrs Nirmala Sitharaman, and CEO of Niti Ayog, Mr. Amitabh Kant, both visited IIT Madras and participated in Demos by IIT incubated start-ups.

Skillveri was one among the startups selected, and both Mr Kant and Mrs Sitharaman observed the demo of our welding simulator Aura.

Welding Simulator
Shri Amitabh Kant trying out the Skillveri Aura Welding Simulator at IIT-M

Skillveri Welding SimulatorSkillveri welding simulator during visit by Smt Nirmala Sitharaman & Shri Amitabh Kant to IIT Madras 

Mr Amitabh Kant himself tried out the welding simulator and remarked that the AURA Welding Simulator was a must for all ITIs. We thank them both for taking the time to observe Aura and also IIT- M for providing us the opportunity to showcase our welding simulator to the esteemed guests.

Rebranding skillveri

skillveri-logo-rebrandingToday, skillveri is four years old. We take a moment to look back at the distance we have come, and more importantly, the path ahead.

We have certainly grown a lot from where have started – As a product, the Aura Welding Simulator has evolved way past its nascent stages. It is now successfully used in so many esteemed institutions and industries all over the country.  As a Team, we have expanded, having people with diverse skillsets, representing us across many locations.

Growth always brings along with it change. skillveri is all set to see major changes in the coming months – both in our product, and in our company on the whole. As an important step in these changes, we are happy to announce that we are doing a major rebranding.

skillveri’s company logo has undergone a complete revamp and comes with a fresh new look – yet retaining our core philosophy of a soaring spirit, and helping people develop the skills needed for their careers and lives to take wing.

We will be rolling out the new logo across our website, social media channels, and all official communication, starting today. We hope you like it, and continue to show your support as you always have – we have many more goals to score and miles to go in our journey ahead.

 

Systemic Challenges in Skill Development

As a tech-entrepreneur working in the skill development space and being focused on making an impact on skills that require working with hands, I often get exposed to the limits technology has in making impact unless the blocks inherent to the system are removed. The government is certainly taking steps in the right direction, with the Prime Minister remarking during the launch of Skill India that he wants to see India being known for its ITIs like it is now known for its IITs.

Two back-to-back articles by journalist @yatishrajawat articulated these system challenges excellently. In an article for FirstPost, he nails the aspirational issues with working with hands:

…skills are not for those who cannot complete education. Skills are for everyone who is seeking a job and is not afraid of working with their hands.

The biggest challenge today is that those who work with their hands do not want their children to do the same. Somehow it has gone into our culture that working with hands is a poorer way to earn a living.

In another article for the BusinessWorld he further elaborates on aspects that the industry needs to urgently address, rather than wait for the government to solve:

One of the biggest issue with skilled workers who work with their hands as compared to the rest of the labour force that taps out their living on a keyboard is working conditions. Companies never think about giving these workers a workplace as the site is there work place. As a result they are expose to he elements, their canteens are in the open, the relieve themselves in makeshift or open toilets. They are not considered equal to an employee who works in the head office. And this shows in the variance in the salary too.

Personally I have seen this happen first hand at many industries.  At a site of one of India’s leading construction companies, the tower crane operators are paid Rs 16,000/month for daily 12 hours shift. One has to vertically climb 50 meters height on a ladder, and there are no loo-breaks. No air-conditioning in the 3′ by 3′ cabin. There is no formal training institute for tower crane operators, and one has to slog for 4 years as informal apprentices before one gets the opportunity to become an operator. This, for a skill that is so critical that if an operator makes a mistake, the accident can kill/injure a lot of people.

When it comes to more niche skills like operating earth preparation / tunneling equipment, the machines cost crores of rupees, and every hour of not operating it turns out to lakhs of rupees of revenue lost to the owner of the machine. Therefore the operators earn about Rs 60,000/- per month. The HR head of a company employing these operators was ruing this – “they earn as much as my project managers”. Well, there’s nothing stopping the project managers from learning to operate these machines and earn similar! Just that the white collared tend to trivialize many of these skills (“what’s there to learn?”).

And if you speak to the workmen, they (mostly rightly) say that the management does not care for them. The community of white collars and the community of blue collars see each other with distrust. Both sides fail to realize that the other side brings a complementary skill that is equally important. We need to bring about a culture of mutual respect, for the skill development scenario to change significantly.

As Yatish sums it up in his BusinessWorld article, “Till corporates treat workers as Karamveer, karmath, assets of the company no skill building initiative will work in the country”. Technology can help only if the mindsets change.

Demo of AURA MIG Welding Simulator to Rajasthan CM Ms. Vasundhara Raje.

The year began on a good note for Team skillveri !

We had the opportunity of demonstrating the Aura Welding Simulator to the Hon.Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Ms.Vasundhara Raje. We are honoured that Ms. Raje took the time amidst her busy schedule to try out the simulator herself.

As the demand for welding skills is growing exponentially in sectors like manufacturing and automobiles, we hope that the youth of Rajasthan soon get to benefit from using modern technology for skill development.

Demo of Aura Welding Simulator to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
Demo of Aura Welding Simulator to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
Demo by skillveri to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
Demo by skillveri to Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje.
03
Rajasthan Chief Minister Ms. Vasundhara Raje tries out the AURA MIG Welding Simulator.

 

 

The demo of the AURA Welding Simulator to the CM was also covered in the country’s leading Hindi daily Dainik Bhaskar.

Coverage of skillveri Demo to Rajasthan CM in Dhainik Bhaskar
Coverage of skillveri Demo to Rajasthan CM in Dhainik Bhaskar

Is Welding going the Sanskrit way?

The more I attend seminars and gatherings related to welding, the more I get the feeling that welding is at the risk of going the Sanskrit way – a scenario where there are far more number of scholars than speakers.

This is not to diminish the contribution of scholarly and academic work to the field of welding. To increase the impact of these scholarly works, we need to ensure that there are enough practitioners of welding out there who would benefit from the scholarly work.

At the moment, there is a huge shortage of actual welders. Something has to be done on a war-footing to address this, including usage of simulators, and running awareness campaigns on welding as a career option. Last but not least, all of us need to work towards eliminating the stigma normally associated with work done with hands.

skillveri's AURA MIG Welding Simulator installed in Assam.

skillveri’s most recent installation has also been our easternmost one in the country so far ! Our Aura MIG Welding Simulator has been installed in Digboi, Assam, where our team had been to earlier this week, working in association with LabourNet India.

We’re very happy that Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Assam, inaugurated and tried out Aura  ! 

Here are some images sent in by our team from Digboi, Assam – 

skillveri's AURA Simulators at Assam
Shri Rameshwar Teli, MP from Assam, viewing AURA MIG Welding Simulators at the inauguration at Digboi, Assam.
skillveri's AURA MIG Welding Simulator at Digboi, Assam
Shri Rameswar Teli, MP from Digboi, Assam viewing skillveri’s AURA along with officials from CII & IOCL.